Johan Lidberg

  • I am Senior Lecturer in journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, MFJ, at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. I teach Journalism Law and Ethics at undergraduate and post graduate levels and supervise honours and PhD students. My main research areas are Freedom of Information, access to information and media accountability and journalism ethics.

    I will also supervise post graduate students in the following areas:

    • Information access and WikiLeaks
    • Freedom of speech and public interest issues
    • Business and financial reporting
    • Political reporting
    • Reporting climate change
    • Reporting war and conflict

    This blog describes my research and will also contain opinion and comment pieces related to my areas of interest. In the publications menu you will find some of my journal articles in full text version and links to those available on-line.

    My email is:

Latest News & Opinion

  • The stand off between Julian Assange and the Swedish prosecutor has entered its fifth year. In my latest essay on this topic, three independent legal experts assess the core claims on each side. The essay is published in New Matilda. Read more
  • The disclosure of the full business case for the East West road link in Melbourne confirmed what many had suspected – the project is a dud. The release also unequivocally shows that the Victorian Freedom of Information (FOI) system failed on its most basic task – that is, to facilitate the disclosure of information that ... Read more
  • Lo and behold! The Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill was yesterday defeated in the Australian Senate. This means the OAIC will NOT be shut at the end of the year. It could, however, be a hollow victory. The funding of the office will probably be gutted (if the Hockey budget ever passes…) and ... Read more
  • The senate legal and constitutional affairs committee is currently considering the Abbot government Bill suggesting the closing of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner from January 1, 2015. You can read my full submission here. This is my cover letter. Re: Inquiry into the Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014 I write this in response ... Read more
  • The list of publications in the research tab on this site is incomplete. For the full list, please follow this link. Read more
  • The Conversation published my analysis of access to information and the federal budget. Read more
  • In 2014 I’ll retain research focus on my two main areas: information access and media accountability. Close to half of Australia’s Freedom of Information (FOI) laws are now amended and updated (FOI 2.0). Preliminary findings from a study comparing Victoria’s 1982 law (FOI 1.0) with the federal amended law show that the users found it quicker ... Read more
  • My response to former journalism academic, author and journalist, Rachel Buchanan’s claim that journalism degrees are built on a lie. Published in New Matilda. Fairfax turned down the response in spite of Buchanan’s allegations being quite serious. So much for ‘right of reply’ and ‘fairness and balance’. Read more
  • Mediawatch Sep 16 2013 Below is my full response to the questions from Mediawatch: What is the significance of the High Court’s decision not to allow an appeal in the Liu v The Age case? The High Court decision means that it shares Justice McCallum’s interpretation of the NSW version of the journalistic ‘shield law’ provision as ... Read more
  • Mine and Martin Hirst’s summary of the media accountability merry-go-round in Australia in the wake of the News of the World debacle. This is the introdcution. The full article is available in the inaugural issue of the new online journal Political Economy of Communication. ‘On July 10, 2011, Rupert Murdoch closed the News of the World, ... Read more